Desert Broom is a dioecious native plant that pioneers in disturbed soils. It’s also a Keystone species. Although much maligned because of its propensity to reseed, this is a fantastic pollinator plant, and you can purchase male plants to prevent reseeding.
Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Origin: Sonoran and Mojave Deserts
Size: up to 10′ tall and wide
Sun: Full to part shade
Watering: None once established
Growth Rate: Fast
Temperature: Tolerant, Hardy to 10 F
Disease and Pests:
Uses: Excellent nectar plant, larval host for the Metalmark and Checkerspot butterflies and the Flower moth, Owlet moth and Desert Broom Gall moth, seeds for granivorous birds.
Notes: Reseeds readily – get Male plants to prevent reseeding, non-allergenic (pollinated by insects), grows a deep tap root, so remove seedlings when they’re young.
Prostrate hybrids are available like Baccharis hybrid ‘Starn’ (P.P.A.F.) ThompsonTM (male plant that grows to 3′ tall x 5′ wide) and Baccharis hybrid ‘Centennial (female clone that sets seeds).
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- Spadefoot Nursery
- Southwest Desert Flora
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